The Heroism medal recognizes outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger, i.e., acts which involve great personal courage and risk to the recipient. It is intended primarily for acts by civilians not in uniform but does not exclude police, firemen, and SAR members. It is not intended to recognize acts that would have been covered by armed forces medals for valor. The medal may also be presented posthumously.
The Heroism medal is in bronze and is similar in design to the Good Citizenship Medal but is inscribed, “Heroism.” It is worn suspended from a chest ribbon of the SAR colors. The medal is accompanied by an enameled bar, suitable for wear on uniform, and a certificate for engrossing.
An individual may receive this medal multiple times. Presentation and wear of oak leaf clusters shall follow NSSAR policy.
The names of all recipients are published annually. Each awarding chapter and state society forwards a short written description of the background and accomplishments of the recipients, together with dates, places and names.
You will need to describe why you feel the person is deserving of the award on the nomination form. This description should touch on the following: an achievement which emphasizes and encourages the virtue of good citizenship by showing that the individual being nominated exemplifies that virtue; the impact of the achievement and how the achievement enriched the lives of others; what made this an outstanding achievement - indicate any extraordinary circumstances for challenges the nominee faced, if applicable include statistics or historical background; how the nominee has touched the lives of others or their life; examples of ongoing leadership and dedication; how long you have known the nominee; and when the achievement was initiated and completed.